Author: Olaf Olafsson
Published: December 3, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 2.5 stars
A young nun is sent by the Vatican to investigate allegations of misconduct at a Catholic school in Iceland. During her time there, on a gray winter’s day, a young student at the school watches the school’s headmaster, Father August Franz, fall to his death from the church tower.
Two decades later, the child—now a grown man, haunted by the past—calls the nun back to the scene of the crime. Seeking peace and calm in her twilight years at a convent in France, she has no choice to make a trip to Iceland again, a trip that brings her former visit, as well as her years as a young woman in Paris, powerfully and sometimes painfully to life. In Paris, she met an Icelandic girl who she has not seen since, but whose acquaintance changed her life, a relationship she relives all while reckoning with the mystery of August Franz’s death and the abuses of power that may have brought it on.
I just want paranormal horror stories filled with evil and demons and nuns and priests and old churches and cemeteries… is that really too much to ask?? And it looks like this book would deliver at least some of those, right? Wrong!! This is a book about sexual misconduct in the Church. And don’t worry, I’m not giving anything away, that becomes pretty obvious relatively quickly. Oh and the nun is a lesbian. There, that’s the book. The writing was pretty good and easy to follow, but that’s about the only good thing. The cover is also nice. But I was disappointed. That’s pretty much all I’ve got to say … sad, I know.